Dictionaries and Grammars
Yaygirr Dictionary and GrammarFor many years the Yaegl Elders have dreamt of showing respect to the country of the Lower Clarence by restoring the language that this land speaks. This grammar and dictionary has been developed with extensive community consultation to support them as they revive their language and culture and pass these on to their children. Steve Morelli is community teacher–linguist with Muurrbay . His research is based on the language of Uncle Sandy Cameron, one of the last Yaygirr speakers, many historical records and the knowledge of other Yaegl people. It includes: a dictionary of almost 1000 words, a description of the way the language works, information on family words and maps depicting the Yaegl word. RRP $50.00, Pages: 254, Hard Cover, Images-maps: 3, Size: 18 x 25cm ISBN: 978-0-9808405-0-6
Gumbaynggirr Bijaarr Jandaygam, Ngaawa Gugaarrigam Gumbaynggirr Dictionary and Learner's Grammar
- There are now 3,000 entries, with expanded definitions.
- New sections describe the three Gumbaynggirr dialects, and special kinship ways of talking: respect, politeness and avoidance, based on extensive linguistic research of the Gumbaynggirr dreaming story collection
- The New words section has been expanded to include many Gumbaynggirr words develop over the last decade of language revitalisation
- A new Education words section lists many new words relevant to the place where Gumbaynggirr is now taught.
- A new index allows the reader to more easily locate grammatical information
- The grammar has been redefined and updated.
RRP $70.00. Discounted to $60.00 for Gumbaynggirr descendants
Pages: 457, Hard Cover, Images: 35, Size: 18 x 25cm, ISBN: 978-0-9808405-9-9
Darkinyung grammar and dictionary revitalising a language from historical sources'This resource will be used as a tool to help us teach our people, children and future generations the importance of language and that it is key to discover our culture, identity and heritage'. Bronwyn Chambers, Chairperson, Darkinyung Language Group Darkinyung is an Aboriginal language of New South Wales which is now again being taught and learned. Caroline Jones (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong) has worked alongside the Darkinyung Language Group to develop a concise and authentic record of what is known of Darkinyung language today, based on research into historical sources mainly from the nineteenth century. This first modern documentation of Darkinyung language includes:
- an explanation of the speech sounds and a suggested writing system
- how the grammar works, in accessible terms with examples a database of source words, including R. H. Mathews’ notebook material
- several dictionary list formats suited for different learners’ needs.
A grammar and dictionary of Gathang: The language of the Birrbay, Guringay and WarrimayThe Gathang people of NSW mid-north coast are reviving their language and culture and passing it on to their children. Gathang (or Kattang) is a general name for the language also known as Birrbay (Biripi), Guringay (Gringai) and Warrimay (Worimi), technically these are dialects of the same language. This grammar and dicitonary has been developed with extensive community consultation to provide a strong foundation for future language revival. Amanda Lissarrague's research is based on Nils Holmer's recordings of Uncle Eddie Lobban, one of the last speakers, together with numerous written historical records and the knowledge of Gathang people today. This dictionary has over 1000 words and suffixes with original sources, handy English finder lis and word group list. It also has translations of Gathang stories told by Uncle Eddie Lobban. RRP $50.00. Pages: 376, Hard Cover, Images: 28, Size: 18 x 25cm, ISBN: 978-0-9775351-7-0
A Salvage Grammar and Word List of the Language from the Hunter River & Lake MacquarieWonnarua Nation Aboriginal Corporation's website, as a PDF file. There are three separate files and you can download these by visiting their language page here.
Dhanggati grammar and dictionary with Dhanggati stories
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Stories from a Bundjalung Wahlubal Speaker"I have made this video to keep alive my people's language, culture and traditions, to care for my country and ensure our children learn and respect the ways of our ancestors." A set of six DVDs highlighting some of Poppy Harry Walker's stories and activities, as well as an introduction to some phrases and sentences in Bundjalung. Copyright 2011 Harry Mundine Walker. Video recording: Charlie Taikakara. Production and Editing: Peter Geddes. RRP: $50.00, 6 DVDs.
All Yugambeh - Bundjalung Dictionary with grammar, texts etcAll files in Word unless otherwise stated. Contains: Phonology and grammar; Complete dictionary-all dialects;Texts; Coastal Bundjalung; Western Bundjalung; Yugambeh and neighbouring dialects; Baygalnah Jagun; An introduction to the Yugambeh-BUndjalung language and its dialects (PDF). RRP: $25.00 ISBN 978-0-9807077-3-1 Compiled by Margaret Sharpe. Copyright 2013. Copied and distributed by Muurrbay with permission of the compiler.
A handbook of Aboriginal languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital TerritoryNew South Wales was the first part of Australia to be colonised, so the written records of the state's Indigenous languages go back more than 200 years. The handbook is a guide to Aboriginal languages, with illustrative vocabularies. It is divided into two parts: the first part, which includes maps, is a survey of the Indigenous languages of NSW and the ACT, giving information about dialects, locations, and resources available for language revitalisation; the second part provides word-lists in practical spelling for 42 distinct language varieties. There is also useful information on contact languages, sign languages and kinship classification, as well as an appendix on placenames. The handbook is a valuable reference and educational resource, useful to Aboriginal people who want to revitalise their language. Copyright Muurrbay 2008. Authors: Jim Wafer and Amanda Lissarrague,. RRP $135 830 pages, Hard Cover, 18 maps, Size: 26.5 x 20cm, ISBN: 978-0-9775351-8-7
Gathang Djuyal: Gathang StoriesLanguage learners will enjoy listening to these Gathang stories. The animations reinforce the stories, and the written English translation ensures that everyone can follow the message. These stories are suitable for language learners of all ages, the animation will be particularly appealing to a younger audience. This DVD is dedicated to the memory of Uncle Jim Ridgeway, a passionate advocate of Gathang culture and Language. RRP $25.00. This DVD is made up of five stories:
- A Story about The Djagiri
- How Taree got its name
- The Whale and the Shark
- A Story about Coopalcurripa
- The Porcupine
Barriyala: Let's Work - Gumbaynggirr Language Student Workbooks 1, 2 and 3Barriyala is a set of three student workbooks designed to support Gumbaynggirr language learning in primary schools. They have been designed to support Gumbaynggirr language learning in primary schools. There is a separate workbook for each primary school stage, each workbook building on students’ prior learning. The workbooks, for use with Junga-Ngarraangala Gumbaynggirr, the Gumbaynggirr Primary Language Program are not intended to be stand alone workbooks. Each workbook provides a range of activities that will reinforce language learnt in the classroom. The activites are divided into eight different themes based on aspects of Gumbaynggirr culture, with associated language tasks. Julie Long, with the support of Muurrbay staff, presents a series of interesting and culturally appropriate language activities that draw on her wealth of classroom experience. RRP $20.00 each. Workbook one is out of print, but can be supplied as a Word document for adaptation to other Aboriginal languages. Workbook 1: 90 pages, soft cover, 200 images, Size: 20 x 29cm ISBN: 978-0-9775351-2-5 Workbook 2: 132 pages, soft cover, 150 images, Size: 20 x 29cm, ISBN: 978-0-9775351-3-2 Workbook 3: 136 pages, soft cover, 50 images, size: 20 x 29cm ISBN: 978-0-9775351-4-9
Mayalambala - Let's Move ItMayalambala is an innovative language teaching resource that supports the teaching of Aboriginal languages. It consists of three background posters ‘In the Bush’, ‘At the Beach’ and ‘At Home’, and over two hundred pictures of people and things that can be manipulated. A User’s Guide for Gumbaynggirr suggests a sequence that allows for a gradual increase in the vocabulary and grammatical features taught, and may be adapted to other languages. This resource has been inspired by Asher’s Total Physical Response approach which focuses on learners developing their comprehension skills, as seen in their physical response to commands, before they are expected to respond verbally. Several Gumbaynggirr language teachers have successfully used this approach, so we have developed posters and pictures that are appropriate for Aboriginal languages of coastal NSW, and beyond. RRP $120.00 unlaminated OR $150.00 laminated Images: 3 poster background images and 15 sheets of smaller images Size: 84 x 60cm
Bamay Possum's PartyBamay Possum’s Party is an educational musical that little children find entertaining at home or in schools. The CD has words in the Gumbaynggirr language (from Northern NSW). The story was created as teaching material for pre-schoolers and infants, especially for the Koori children, of the Mid North Coast of NSW. In this way some of our language will be passed on to our children. The culture, too, is reinforced - Koori children often stay with extended family members other than parents. An illustrated book accompanies this CD. Teachers and children will find this enjoyable. Click here to listen to an exerpt of the CD (MP3) RRP $15.00 Pages: 20; Format: Soft Cover, Size: 14 x 19cm ISBN: 0-646-19283-3
Dulaybam Dunggiirr Grey-faced Wallaby and Koala - A Gumbaynggirr Dreaming StoryLong ago in the Dreamtime, the Greyfaced Wallaby had no tail and the Koala was always thirsty. How these animals helped each other is the subject of this traditional Gumbaynggirr children's story. Philip Shannon was a Gumbaynggirr man from the Nymboida area of Gumbaynggirr country in coastal New South Wales, Australia. This is one of the stories that Philip Shannon told researcher Gerhardt Laves in 1929. The storybook is brought to life with Dallas Walker, Michael Jarrett, Tyson Ferguson and Sue Tomkins as the characters. RRP $25.00 book only OR $40.00 book and CD. 40 pages, Soft Cover, 12 images, 20 x 20cm ISBN: 1-4251-0448-7
Nganyundiya Miimingundiya Jagunda - Into My Mother's CountryThis is the story of Gumbaynggirr Elder Aunty Jessie Williams who was born on the North Coast of NSW in 1924, during the time of the Stolen Generation. Into My Mother's Country - gives an insight into Aboriginal ways of healing as Aunty Jessie was given the mantle of Healer by her uncle, Lambert Whaddy, who was a Healer himself. A devout Catholic, Aunty Jessie says that Uncle Lambert Whaddy believed the Catholic religion to be very like Aboriginal spiritual ways. RRP $25.00. 150 pages, Soft Cover, Images: 25, Size: 14.5 x 20.5cm ISBN: 0-646-45601-6
Gumbaynggirr Song Book and CDThis Song Book has 20 tracks:
- Ngaya Song
- Gami's Place
- Giinagay Song
- Opposites Jingle
- From My Gaali
- Gumbaynggirr Body Song
- Life Song
- Where You Went?
- Gurraam Song
- Nganyundi Baaliga
- Yuludarla Muugang Bindarray
- Yuludarla Made this Land
- Pipi song
- Kookaburra Sit In The Old Gum Tree
- Tree of Life
- Ngiyambandi Baaba
- The River Is Flowing
- Happy Birthday Song
- Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
- Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Nose